The fruit wine category is a virtually untapped opportunity and producers have a hand in shaping the industry from the ground up, a winemaker tells Wine Vision 2015. 

The potential that is pent up in the wine industry can be released in the pooling of knowledge and resources between competitors, according to Adrian Bridge of Fladgate Partnership.

Targeting Millennials and speaking their language is an essential, long overdue strategy for the wine industry, according to a senior drinks analyst at Wine Vision 2015.

Champagne is waking from its slumber in the vineyards of complacency but more needs to be done to claw back sales from other sparkling wines, according to Spiros Malandrakis of Euromonitor International. 

Kumala, the leading South African wine brand is the official wine sponsor of Sir Ian Botham’s eight day charity walk across South Africa, dubbed ‘Beefy Walking the Rainbow Nation’.

The Consejor Regulador DO Cava, the regulatory board for Spain’s famous sparkling wine, says worldwide sales were up a 1.7% to more than 158 million in the first nine months of the year, compared with the same period in 2014.

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has announced that it has obtained a Certification Mark from the US Patent and Trademark Office for the name ’Napa Valley’.

The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC) is now officially open for 2016 entries.

Accolade unveils Anakena

07 December, 2015

Accolade Wines launched its new Chilean wine brand, Anakena, at the British Tennis Champions Tournament at the Royal Albert Hall on December 4.

Treasury Wine Estates has announced that it is to provide calorific values for its wines online.

Ridgeview Wine Estate’s Roberts family has been awarded the Wine Guild of the United Kingdom’s highest achievement award.

Wine Vision 2015 will challenge ‘old thinking’ with its focus on innovation, new routes to market and sustainability with commercial rewards, organisers said. 

Messe Düsseldorf has announced ProWine China 2015 attracted over 10,000 visitors, a 25% increase on last year.

Sparkling wine supplier Frizzenti has announced it will add nine new reds, whites and rosés to its range of still wines in keg. 

Chapel Down has announced the release of ‘England’s first orange wine’, Chapel Down Orange Bacchus 2014.

Domaine Zind Humbrecht has announced a change in its UK distribution by appointing Gonzalez Byass UK. 

The Rhône Valley has experienced “one of the best harvests in recent years” and the “red wines are showing an incredible level of potential”, according to Côtes du Rhône Wines. 

Tourist figures in Champagne are up 15% on last year as a result of the ‘UNESCO World Heritage effect’, according to the president of the Associations Paysages du Champagne. 

Diageo has sold its major US wine interests, plus Percy Fox in the UK, to Treasury Wine Estates.

Chapel Down sales up a third

25 September, 2015

English wine and beer producer Chapel Down Group saw sales climb 33% to £3.25m, with gross profit up 31% to £1.17m.

New sherry website

10 September, 2015

The Consejo Regulador of the Denominación de Origen Jerez- Xeres-Sherry, the regulatory body for sherry, has marked its 80th anniversary by launching a new website.

Armand de Brignac Champagne has announced that Bernadette Knight is its new chief marketing officer.

Prosecco harvest report

08 September, 2015

Follador, the major premium prosecco producer, is predicting an incredibly satisfying 2015 harvest.

Champagne Roederer’s Cristal Rosé 2004 is the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships’ 2015 Supreme World Champion.

Burgundy harvest is under way

03 September, 2015

The Bureau Interprofessionel des Vins de Bourgogne reports the harvest is under way and its winemakers are smiling.

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board reports that the quality of grapes for the 2015 vintage is high but yields will be average.

Gisela Kirschstein, a journalist based in Mainz, Germany was the winner of the third annual Great Wine Capitals Guest Bloggers’ competition.

The title of the best sommelier in the Baltic States was won last week by Raimonds Tomsons, the head sommelier Vincents restaurant in Latvia.

McKinley Vintners has become UK Agent for Champagne Janisson et Fils.

The champagne house Krug has announced a two-day tasting experience– including one rare bottle of Krug Private Cuvée 1915 – to be auctioned as one lot at Sotheby’s New York on September 25.

Rioja producer Ramón Bilbao has bought what it describes as a “dream parcel” of vines in the region, and the winery’s highest altitude owned vineyard to date.

The US has overtaken Australia to become New Zealand wine’s largest export market by value, according to the 2015 annual report of New Zealand Winegrowers.

Champagne Pol Roger has arranged a cricket match between Champagne and  English sparkling wine.

Mully steps up at Liberty

14 August, 2015

Specialist wine supplier,  Liberty Wines has added tio its management team with the appointment of Alan Mully as head of operations.

Australian Vintage Limited (AVL) has appointed Tim Lockwood for the newly created role of business manager Europe.

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced record year for the number of candidates completing its course qualifications, for the 13th year running.

Brown Bros appoints Fells

12 August, 2015

John E Fells has announced that Brown Brothers, one of Australia’s leading family owned wine companies has appointed Fells as its exclusive UK distributor from September 1.

National Champagne Week

11 August, 2015

National Champagne Week in the UK returns this October, with events planned across London, Birmingham and Bath.

Wines of South Africa has launched a new social media campaign in the run up to its Cape Wine 2015 show.

Champagne Jacquart has appointed Diane Gonzalez as its new UK business development manager.

Nicolas Feuillatte has been named the no.1 Champagne brand in France and 3rd in the world by volume, according to the latest Impact report.

Five out of six IWC great value Champions went to supermarket own-brand wines.

IWC superstar winemakers

17 July, 2015

The International Wine Challenge announced its wine trade superstars at its awards dinner at the Hilton Hotel, on London’s Park Lane last night (July 16)

IWC champion wines

17 July, 2015

The 32nd International Wine Challenge announced its champion wines for 2015 last night (July 16) in London.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has decided to include the Champagne slopes, houses and cellars on its world heritage list.

Chapel Down plc has announced that Mark Harvey, a former LVMH business development director, is its new managing director, wines.

Yealands is taken over

02 July, 2015

Marlborough Lines has agreed to invest NZ$89 million to purchase an 80% shareholding in New Zealand wine producer, Yealands.

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced that Gisborne will host New Zealand’s first Chardonnay and sparkling wine symposium early next year.

Wines of South Africa UK is launching a new event with a trade tasting targeting independent merchants and on-trade buyers.

Accolade Wines has announced a £4 million above the line campaign for its leading Australian wine brand Hardys, to coincide with its sponsorship of the English and Australian  cricket teams ahead of the Ashes test matches with Australia.

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